Jonathan D. Blattmachr

Counsel

New York
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Overview

Jon Blattmachr’s experience in securities, commercial litigation and bankruptcy runs deep: His law career is built on a distinguished background in finance. As a former investment adviser at leading financial firms in New York, Jon made his mark by solving problems and meeting long-term goals for high-net-worth investors, institutional clients and family offices.

Today, that same desire to serve propels a practice defined by achievement, including leading multiple teams that investigate and litigate claims as a member of court-appointed counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee, Irving H. Picard, for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BLMIS). Jon advises companies in litigations, transactional matters and investigations.

After advising hedge funds on the sell side during his prior career, he now counsels private funds in transactional and litigation matters. Jon also has in-house experience, having been seconded to a multi-billion dollar fund management company in New York.

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  • Conducted direct examination of hostile witness and third-party witness, cross of expert witness, and legal portion of closing argument, and argued motions in lengthy Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration involving registered investment adviser and broker-dealer.
  • Seconded to investment management company, working on structuring and offering domestic, Cayman, and European (UCITS) funds; seed deals with third-party hedge fund managers; fund board governance; and various litigation and regulatory issues.
  • Current member of court-appointed counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee, Irving H. Picard, for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BLMIS). Jon leads multiple teams that investigate and litigate the Trustee's claims against hedge funds, investment banks, and financial institutions, including significant involvement in litigation involving complex derivative and financial products.
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Experience

  • Conducted direct examination of hostile witness and third-party witness, cross of expert witness, and legal portion of closing argument, and argued motions in lengthy Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration involving registered investment adviser and broker-dealer.
  • Seconded to investment management company, working on structuring and offering domestic, Cayman, and European (UCITS) funds; seed deals with third-party hedge fund managers; fund board governance; and various litigation and regulatory issues.
  • Current member of court-appointed counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee, Irving H. Picard, for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BLMIS). Jon leads multiple teams that investigate and litigate the Trustee's claims against hedge funds, investment banks, and financial institutions, including significant involvement in litigation involving complex derivative and financial products.
  • In a Delaware Chancery Court action, helped a minority shareholder pursue claims against a supermajority shareholder of several privately held companies, resulting in a favorable settlement for the client.
  • Helped guide a large regional bank through an inquiry into the bank's variable annuity practices in connection with a FINRA investigation.
  • Member of a team that represented a large hedge fund involved in a bankruptcy suit claiming the transaction to purchase a clothing retailer chain through a leveraged buyout was a fraudulent transfer. Handled aspects of the matter involving fraudulent transfer and preference claims, strategized with the client, researched and selected experts to aid in the case, and assisted in the preparation of defense.
  • In the defense of a private equity fund's claim against a large failed bank, negotiated with debtor counsel and drafted a successful settlement agreement.
  • In a case involving a large New York prime broker pursuing a large disputed bankruptcy claim in its former client's estate, served as second chair in depositions, researched the case, drafted motion papers and investigated documents regarding the accounts involved.
  • Prepared foundational memoranda and financial reports and strategized on a settlement with a subsidiary equipment manufacturer during the representation of a holding company in a massive tax dispute regarding a reorganized debtor. 

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Legal 500 United States (2017)
    • Recommended in Securities litigation: defense
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2014 to 2017)
  • Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP: Pro Bono Award Honoree (2013)
  • New York City Bankruptcy Advocacy Project: Dedicated Volunteer Award

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York County Lawyers' Association

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Community

  • Central Queens Academy Charter School: Trustee, Secretary and Board Member (2016 to present)

Pro Bono

  • Co-chaired a team for the New York Civil Liberties Union and represented criminal defendants during a Sixth Amendment class action suit seeking to reform New York's public defender system. Interviewed potential plaintiffs without proper access to defenders in Washington County.
  • Advised clients on acquiring necessary information regarding bankruptcy and how to begin the process of filing for bankruptcy through the New York City Bankruptcy Advocacy Project.
  • Advised national and state-level rights organizations in connection with understanding existing and proposed changes to federal immigration laws.

Prior Positions

  • Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP: Associate (2008 to 2013)
  • Judicial Intern for the Honorable Stephen C. Robinson, U.S. District Court S.D.N.Y. (2006)
  • UBS Financial Services: Investment Associate (2002 to 2005)
  • Morgan Stanley: Sales Associate/Financial Adviser (1998 to 2002)

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • New York
  • Alaska

Education

  • J.D., Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 2008; Executive Editor, Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution
  • B.A., University of Rochester, 1997, Political Science

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The Blockchain Monitor
Blockchain Developments: Payments, Capital Markets, Enterprise and Patents
By Brian P. Bartish, Jonathan D. Blattmachr, Robert A. Musiala Jr.
September 7, 2018
In this issue: • Payments and Capital Markets Blockchain Developments Continue to Progress • Industry and Government Continue to Champion Blockchain Pilots • Newly Released List Ranks Companies with the Most Blockchain Patent Filings...
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The Blockchain Monitor
Buying Coffee with Bitcoin, Tracking Ships with Blockchain, Fighting Financial Crimes and Litigating ICOs
By Brian P. Bartish, Jonathan D. Blattmachr, Jaime B. Petenko, Marc D. Powers, Diana J. Stern
August 10, 2018
In this issue: • New Solutions Seek to Bring Cryptocurrencies Closer to Mainstream • Blockchain Developments for Shipping, Food, Pharmaceuticals and Diamonds • Cryprocurrency Scams and Enforcement Actions Perpetuate Uncertainty • Analysis...
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The Blockchain Monitor
Governments, Ad Industry Explore Use Cases; Blockchain Firms Seek Financial Licenses
By Jonathan D. Blattmachr, Njeri S. Chasseau, Panida A. Pollawit, Michelle N. Tanney
June 8, 2018
In this issue: Governments Experiment With Blockchain for Elections, Banking and Visa Applications Advertising, Entertainment Industries Continue Investment in Blockchain Changing Approaches to Crypto Regulatory Licensing Governments...
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The Blockchain Monitor
Maersk Pilot Goes Live, Cyberthefts and Enforcement Actions Continue Across Globe
By Melonia A. Bennett, Jonathan D. Blattmachr, John C. McIlwee
June 1, 2018
In this issue: • New Waters Charted for Blockchain in Marine Insurance • Cyber-hacks Continue to Plague Cryptocurrency Industry • New Enforcement Actions in the U.S. and Abroad New Waters Charted for Blockchain in Marine Insurance By: John...
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The Blockchain Monitor
This Week in Blockchain: CFTC Guidance, SEC Enforcement, Central Bank Interest
By Jonathan D. Blattmachr, Tiffany A. Miao, Robert A. Musiala Jr.
May 24, 2018
In this issue: • CFTC Issues Guidance on Crypto Derivatives • “Operation Cryptosweep” Continues Enforcement Actions Against ICOs • Countries Exploring National/State-Backed Cryptocurrencies CFTC Issues Guidance on Crypto Derivatives By...
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